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Rush Fire District – Newsletter T/o Rush  April & May 2019

FIRE DISTRICT:  The upgraded county fire & ambulance radio system is well on its way. The county plans on activating this new “trunking” Motorola radio system in 2020. This will required some training classes for all of our members in the coming months. When this system is fully in place we will have better communications with our surrounding counties and better coverage in the Town of Rush. We are told that if you have a scanner now you will be able to hear us get dispatched to emergencies.  

UNFUNDED MANDATES: The cancer insurance coverage that is required by law for every interior firefighter active on January 1, 2019 has finally got the required cancers covered at an additional cost. This will cost us about $7,000 a year. We budgeted $10,000 for this insurance for our volunteers. 

ANNUAL DEPARTMENT PAST OFFICER BANQUET: Chairman Scott Goodman introduced the Fire Commissioners, district treasurer & district secretary present and thanked the department for inviting us. He then thanked the members and officers for all that they do for the fire district and the Town of Rush. Larry Meston was presented with a plaque from the fire department and certificate from the NYS Senator Rich Funke for his many years of dedicated service. He was a Commissioner for 25 years, 28 years as past active firefighter, past director & past line officer. He stepped down as commissioner at the end of 2018.

FIRE DEPARTMENT:

NEED YOUR HELP: Our 100th Anniversary is in 2020 and we don’t have any photos of some of our past Fire Chiefs from before 1958.  We need photos of John Behnk Sr, Frank Sherman, Edwin Behnk, Vince Behnk, and Clarence Futter. We have one photo of our Model A fire truck.     

CELEBRATING 99 YEARS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Rush FD Past Officers Banquet was held at the Wildwood Country Club on Saturday, March 2nd. 102 members and guests attended. To see all that went on go to our face book page or www.RushFD.org.

BANQUET CHIEF'S REMARKS: Fire Chief James Bucci acknowledged all the work that the volunteers do. He thanked the Fire Commissioners for their support and reminded everyone to take care of BOTH of our families, the one at the fire department and those at home. Past Chief Jim McNeil thanked the membership, commissioners, auxiliary and officers for their support over the past two years.   

TOWN OF RUSH: Rush Town Supervisor Cathy Frank thanked the members and their spouses for everything they do for the town.

LADIES AUXILIARY GIFT: Debbie David, President of the Rush FD Ladies auxiliary acknowledged the great relationship the auxiliary has with the fire department and presented President Fanning with their annual donation check of $2,000 to go for any needed equipment. 

JAWS OF LIFE: The new battery operated combo “Jaws of Life” rescue tool that was donated by a Rush resident and his wife Last summer was put to use for the first time on East River Road in late January. A car went off the road and hit a tree trapping the operator. Past Chief Jim McNeil responded with pumper 583 out of the West Rush station and had most of the extrication completed when the equipment from station one arrived.

AMBULANCE ANNIVERSARY: The Rush Fire Department Ambulance which started in 1939 will be recognized at the 2019 STEP EMS Conference for 80 YEARS OF FREE AMBULANCE SERVICE to the Town of Rush and Monroe County.

TRAINING: We have 2 firefighters attending the 180 hour NYS EMT certification course. The active firefighter have to attend the OSHA Safety, Haz/mat Refresher and Bloodborne pathogen class held every year at Rush. They have these classes every year along with several others.   

CONGRATULATION: Rush firefighter / EMT / Director / Vice-President and EMS Ambulance Director JENNA CIRINCIONE was selected by her peers at CHS Ambulance where she is employed as “EMT of the Year” for 2018.

The Monroe-Livingston EMS Council has also selected Jenna for their “EMT of the Year” for 2018. This award that well be presented to her at the STEP EMS Conference in Rochester on March 30.

ANNIVERSARY COINS:  Our 100 Anniversary collector coins are for sale. Go the web site or face book page for information on how to get them. They are 1.75 Inches across.

ANNUAL FUND DRIVE: All resident will received a fund drive request for Ambulance and Fire Department operations in May. We still operate the only free BLS ambulance service in the county. A special “thank you” to all of the residents that contributed to our annual fund drive.  Over the years your fund drive money has purchased all the ambulances, the 4 Rescue trucks, the two 4-wheel drive trucks, the 2 ATVs, the Boats and trailers, the “ Jaws of life” and thousands of dollars of other equipment and radios. Your firefighters appreciate the Rush community financial support that is unmatched per mailing anywhere in western New York!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, SAFETY TIPS AND DETAILED NEWS: Go to www.RushFD.org.  www. RushFireDistrict.org or Rush Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page.

LADIES AUXILIARY: Please contact Joan Madigan at 229-4168 or email her JHMadigan4@rochester.rr.com or  website www.RushFD.org/Ladiesaux.htm